My mountain bike holiday to Portugal in March with
Kate and Ian was the second mountain bike trip I have been on with them. As with the first one it was amazing! From the minute you arrive at the airport everything is sorted for you.
I bought my own mountain bike and Ian made sure everything was ready to go before we hit the trails. Both Kate and Ian are very patient and encouraging and I found myself riding much better by the end of the week.The atmosphere from the whole group was one of fun and support, cheering each other
on to tackle challenges without
any pressure.The trails in Alte are great, and every day we rode a different route with beautiful
scenery.The trip caters for all
abilities so you never feel you are
holding anyone up, and the fast
ones get to go hard too!
I will definitely be back!
(Portugal 2018, Sarah)
What a fantastic week! Thanks Kate & Ian for all your support. Wish I had discovered the Pyrenees sooner. Can't believe how quiet the trails are and how close to nature we were rather than lining up at bikes parks in the Alps. Forgot how much fun riding natural trails can be. Every day was a new adventure! (Pyrenees Luchon
2017, Lea, Michael, Dean & Gazzer)
Brilliant holiday on the bikes! Great to be
able to hire both mountain bike and road
bikes from you in Luchon! Thanks to Kate for the GPX files so we didn't get lost on our ride down the valley. Loved Ian's guiding and coaching on the trail for our 2 days on mountain bikes. I must admit that was my husband's idea and I wasn't keen, but with Ian's support, patience and encouragement I had nothing to worry about. Loved the accommodation Kate organised for our group who didn't come to Luchon to cycle. Perfect apartment with beautiful garden and amazing views!
(Pyrenees Luchon 2016, Nicky & Alex)
Luchon really is a beautiful Pyrenees spa town with lots to do.Thanks AQR for a fantastic week of mountain biking in Luchon. We wouldn't have found the mountain bike trails you took us down without you. Luchon was a perfect place to ride and enjoy a beer at that great bar in town. Loved Russel's food too at Le Lutin! Hoping to come out to the Pyrenees again to see you all soon! (Pyrenees Luchon
2016, Jenny, Greg, Phil, Paul, Samantha & Davo from Cardiff)
Ian & Kate Potter have been working together as mountain bike guides in the Pyrenees since 2003. For 16 years the AQR Holidays duo have enjoyed meeting cyclists in Luchon (French Pyrenees) and the Algarve (Portugal). This page reveals some old mountain bike photos from the past with lots of guiding testimonials to describe what you can expect on an AQR Holidays mountain bike or road cycling experience.
Thanks Kate, it was such a great
mountain bike holiday and I will definitely do it again. I'm not very eloquent with quotes but I would just like to say along with the great people I think the variation in the mountain bike riding was just
perfect and made the holiday.
There was enough techy trails to
keep my partner challenged but not so much that I felt terrified
and excluded. It really is a mountain bike holiday
for anyone who likes riding bikes
and wants to get their season
started...(Portugal 2018, Marie)
Thanks guys for another great week in Luchon. Can't believe after 6 years of regular visits Ian still surprises us with new trails. (Pyrenees Luchon 2017, Tim's group from Scotland)
This week was one of the best mountain bike experiences in my life. I did not know what to expect. From the minute that I have arrived in Alte, Ian and Kate took me under their wing and started coaching.They did an assessment of my skill level and what skills I lacked and immediately started coaching. I had so much more confidence on the bike and have received so many useful mountain bike tips to increase my mountain biking skills. Our group was magic, we had wonderful laughs and were also there to give one another support and motivation. I have learned so much about myself, by pushing my boundaries. Sometimes you are amazed what you actually discover about yourself after a day charged with learning new skills not only on your bike but also how to compose yourself throughout. The AQR Holidays week in Portugal is highly recommended, mostly because of Ian an Kate that lead the group with so much knowledge and passion. (Portugal 2018, Almarie)
We have fallen in love with Luchon! What a beautiful area of the Pyrenees As 2 families who all wanted to ride together, but are of different mountain bike abilities we couldn't believe how AQR Holidays managed to guide us all. As one of the slowest members of the group Kate was always beside me to offer friendly support, make me laugh when I was feeling stressed and even fix my puncture. Ian did an amazing job with the boys, including our husbands, who wanted to ride much faster and more technical trails. The mountain bike coaching Ian gave them was much appreciated as there were far less tumbles as a result of Ian's guiding. Thanks to Russ too for the amazing food and the tasty picnic lunches. Already talking about coming back for another mountain bike holiday to Luchon next year! (Pyrenees Luchon 2017, Sally's group)